The large level 2015 survey of vet students and graduates by the British Veterinary Association and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons sheds light on the degrees of dissatisfaction. Despite their substantial financial, emotional and intellectual investment, 10% of veterinarian graduates leave the profession every year. More than half consider a noticeable change of job. Only 46% say they would choose vetting as a career again.
Many suffer considerable anxiety, depression, doubt, and tragically in some cases, suicide. Much has been discussed the potential factors behind this. A whole lot of analysis factors to the “types” of people who are recruited into vet school (over-achieving perfectionists). But the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon’s code of carry out places the onus on vets to “take acceptable steps to address adverse physical or mental health” issues. Certainly, the struggle to manage the organic problems that come with being a veterinarian relates to individual characteristics or “private troubles”.
But these are too pervasive never to be treated as general public matters. Our three-year research involving 75 interviews and numerous observations of equine, small, and large animal vets, suggests that these problems cannot be resolved through individual resilience and coping mechanisms alone. Rather, there are wider issues at play, starting with training. That is shown by the fact that just 34% of vets that acquired graduated five or more years ago, think their degree had ready them very well.
In our interviews, we found that people’s insecurities and anxieties get tangled up with extremely high anticipations of the perfect self and their expertise, that are inserted within the culture of the career. Vets, and their clients, have a tendency to attach themselves to an unrealistic world view of rational science and medicine as a panacea for those ills.
Based on certainty, predictability and control, these ideals may be partly understood by the way scientific knowledge is portrayed in the press and taught in universities – as simply “objective”, with a clear parting between right and wrong answers. Despite efforts to broaden their curriculum, veterinary schools reinforce this connection to science with a heavy focus on medical skills. Expertise gets seen as a specialized fulfillment generally. One consequence of this is to encourage vets to accept impossible demands placed on them, by their practice, clients, the media (such as programmes about “super vets”) and their own idealism.
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While the allure and comfort drawn from trust in medical and objective knowledge is understandable, it creates an illusion of control that is routinely contradicted in practice. When the people we spoke to experienced the inevitable uncertainty and failure that comes with practising medicine, many were shocked and struggled to reconcile these contradictions. The limitations of science – particularly with regards to certainty and predictability – have a tendency to go unacknowledged in veterinary practice. This leaves many vets pained by the incident of what they see as failures.
Rather than acknowledging the restrictions of medication that can’t ever fully deliver on its promise, vets shall tend to blame themselves. Obviously, we are not suggesting that vets do not make mistakes, or must not be worried about them. But this tendency to translate whatever has not attended plan into their own incompetence, creates a set of circumstances that are ripe for continuous rumination, doubt and harmful narratives of self-blame possibly. In considering whether practice ever makes vets perfect, some uncovered that their anxieties reduced with experience. Others did not. Many outside our study will already have left the occupation credited to issues such as a insufficient support and self-confidence.